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Marriage in Thailand


Marriage in Thailand The marriage ceremony can be done by any Thai office for the district. It does not run soberly and actually has nothing to do with a solemn ceremony. This is reserved for the private celebration in the context of a Buddhist ceremony.

A foreigner needs the following in order to marry:
● Passport
● Marriage Ability Certification (max. 6 months old)

In order to acquire the marriage ability certificate you will need some documents, which make it possible for the registrar of births, deaths and marriages to judge the validity e.g. A divorce decree from a previous marriage or the death certificate of a former marriage partner. Since the officials can make individual demands for their examinations, you should inquire beforehand with the domestic registry office. The Thai documents, which are demanded by the registry office, must be translated and be legalised by the embassy.

After receipt of the marriage ability certificate the consulate will then issue a consular certificate in the English and Thai language.

A Thai needs the following for the marriage:
● Passport or ID-card
● Registrar of births
● House paper
● Single certificate (max. 6 Month old), and/or decree of divorce or death certificate of the former marriage partner

After the divorce of an earlier marriage, women must honour a waiting period of 310 days, before a marriage ceremony can renewed. This waiting period can be shortened, if necessary, by a gynaecological appraisal.

After the marriage ceremony, the marriage must still be legalised by the embassy.

If children have followed from a marriage which has broken up, you should remember to apply for foreign nationality for the children. In this case the child then attains your own, as well as the Thai nationality.

In 1993 the Thai constitutional court decided that Thai women must no longer take the surname of her husband when marrying and are allowed to continue to use their maiden name. Both Thai men and women are obliged to change their family status and possibly their surname on their ID-card and in the resident’s register. This is checked when applying for a new passport.

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